Wichita Furnace & Heat Pump Experts
Fenix Heating and Cooling Can Help You Select The Right Gas Furnace or Electric Furnace System For You And Help You Stay Warm For Less.
Home heating is a major portion of the energy expense for most Kansas homeowners. In fact, heating can account for as much as 16% of your total energy bill. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize gas heating costs, while still maintaining year-round comfort. Fenix Heating & Cooling can help you understand more about the different types of high efficiency furnace systems and help you stay warm for less.
Natural Gas Furnace
Nearly 90% of all Wichita area single-family homes are heated by natural gas. Though one of the most cost-efficient energy sources available, natural gas prices tend to fluctuate according to the season, meaning you typically pay more in the fall and winter months.
A gas furnace's energy efficiency is measured by how well it converts energy into usable heat. You'll want a gas furnace with a rating of 80% or higher. If your gas furnace has a low energy-efficiency rating or is more than 15 years old, you might consider replacing it with a new high efficiency furnace. You could save up to 20% of your heating costs.
For more information on a gas furnace repair or a high efficiency gas furnace installation contact Fenix Heating and cooling today. You can trust the pros at Fenix Heating and Cooling for your gas furnace repair or new gas furnace installation.
If you have an electrically heated home and a need for both heating and air conditioning, a heat pump might be a wise investment. Heat pumps are the most efficient heating systems, because they merely move heat around instead of creating it. They work by moving heat between the inside of your home and the air outside. During the winter, heat pumps bring in heat from the air outside to help heat your house. In the summertime, heat pumps remove heat from your house in order to cool it.
Though the cost of installing a heat pump can be higher than that of other heating and cooling systems, its lower operating cost can make up the difference in a few years. Rebates from local utilities may be available on energy-efficient central heat pumps.
Another option is Geothermal or "water source" heat pumps. These use the heat in the ground or ground water to heat your home and are one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool. The federal government now has generous tax credits that can pay for 30% of the cost of installing a geothermal heat pump system.
During remodeling, buyers should be mindful of the cost to upgrade present electrical and duct systems. In many cases, the duct size required for furnace heating is too small for a heat pump and additional electrical system capacity is necessary. This is why you need to call the Heat Pump experts at Fenix Heating and Cooling for your heat pump repair or heat pump installation.
Straight electric furnaces are found most often in rural areas where natural gas is unavailable, and in older all-electric developments such as apartments and condominiums. Total electric furnaces were popular in the 1960's and most have been replaced by heat pumps. Heating your home with an electric furnace system typically costs more than a natural gas furnace system and is very rarely installed anymore.